Call for Submissions

JUNE 8-12, 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark


XP 2020 — 21st International Conference on Agile Software and Systems Development

An Agile Alliance Event

June 8-12 – Copenhagen, Denmark


XP is the premier Agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a unique forum where Agile researchers, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and trainers get together to present and discuss their most recent innovations, research results, experiences, concerns, challenges, and trends. Whether you are new to Agile or a seasoned Agile practitioner, XP 2020 will provide an informal environment to learn and trigger discussions.

XP 2020 marks the 21st edition of the “First Agile Conference”. The focus of the XP conference program has expanded over the years as Agile has advanced. While the first event in 2000 focused on eXtreme Programming and pre-dated the Agile Manifesto, XP 2020 solicits contributions that address all modern Agile approaches as well as the application of Agile to applications including (but not limited to) FinTech, AI/ML, IoT, and other mission-critical systems with global reach.


XP 2020 will be held at the IT University of Copenhagen, which is Denmark’s leading university focusing on IT research and education.

ITU is located in the center of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, a short distance from the Copenhagen International Airport (10 min by car, 25 min by public transportation).


XP 2020 will consist of a 5-day program with sessions that feature research papers, experience reports, keynotes, panels, workshops, an Agile leadership symposium, a doctoral symposium, an Agile education and training track, lightning talks, networking receptions, and an Open Space evening.


Submissions solicited below will be reviewed by the program committee based on relevance, significance, rigor, novelty, replicability, and quality. In some cases, submissions that have been accepted will be subject to shepherding by a designated committee member.

The Research Paper, Research Workshop, Experience Report, Industry and Practice, Doctoral Symposium, Agile in Education and Training, and On-site Research Track calls are open (see more information from the links below). The rest of the calls will be opened soon.

  • Research Papers [Abstracts due January 29 | Submission deadline February 5]. We invite submissions of unpublished high-quality research papers, full (15 pages) and short (8 pages), related to Agile and Lean software development. Submissions addressing topics across the full spectrum of Agile software development, broadly on Agile, on issues of concern to researchers or practitioners or both are welcomed.
  • Research Workshops [Submission deadline December 1]. We welcome proposals for both original and new editions of prior workshops that address relevant Agile topics. Workshops may be proposed to run for a half or a full day.
  • Experience Reports [Submissions open in November]. This is an opportunity to share practical experience through a paper and an accompanying talk. An experience report is a reflection of personal industry experiences including challenges seen, approaches taken – and what worked or didn’t. Submit an abstract with a brief unpublished experience. Accepted proposals will be shepherded. Experience reports are reviewed papers which will be published on the Agile Alliance website.
  • Industry and Practice [Submissions open in November]. We invite proposals for engaging and experimental sessions oriented towards practitioners. Rather than presentations, we favor mini-workshops, demonstrations, games, and interaction based on your experience and practice from working in the industry. Please excite and surprise us! Sessions can be either 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
  • Doctoral Symposium [Submission deadline March 23]. We encourage submissions from doctoral students who are at least 12 months from defending their dissertation but have at least a preliminary research design. The intention is that doctoral students will have an opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from reviewers and other participants.
  • Agile in Education and Training Track [Submission deadline February 5]. This track will provide a forum for those with a vested interest in Agile education and training to share ideas for translating methods, practices, and theory into trainings, courses, curricula, and mentoring programs. We are looking for papers, talks, demo, activities, etc., on techniques and experiences for teaching and training any facet of Lean and Agile software development.
  • On-Site Research [Submission deadline February 20]. Researchers are invited to submit their research plans for conducting empirical studies during the XP2020 conference. When accepted, researchers can collect real-time data among participants either during dedicated sessions or during the coffee breaks and Open Space. The type of research conducted may include (but is not limited to) controlled experiments, surveys, interviews, etc.
  • Journal First Track [Submission deadline February 20]. XP 2020 has partnered with leading software engineering journals to incorporate journal-first papers into the program. Through this initiative, authors of journal-first papers accepted in the partnering journals will be invited to present their work at the conference, providing an opportunity for the authors to engage directly with the community and contribute to the research component of the conference.
  • Diversity & Inclusion in Agile [Submission deadline February 20]. This track welcomes both short research and position papers from researchers and practitioners widely under the topic of diversity and inclusion in agile software development. In addition we invite experience cases and best practices from practitioners in the form of talks or interactive sessions. We are interested in various viewpoints to the topic and we are welcoming different angles to encourage discussion on the track.
  • Leadership Track. This track is intended for managers and other decision makers working in Lean and Agile.
  • Agile Games. We invite proposals for Agile game sessions as well as experiences with training and teaching with Agile games.
  • Lightning Talks. These are very short talks about experiences, opinions, or ideas on Agile topics. They can be used to generate inspiration, discussion, or as wake-up calls.


The XP 2020 conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series, as open access. Full and short research papers will be published in the main proceedings before the conference. The post-conference proceedings volume will include the workshop and doctoral symposium papers, as well as papers from Agile Education and Training Track and Onsite Research Track.

XP2020 Special Section in IST Journal

The authors of the best full research papers and onsite research papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their work to a special section on XP2020 in Information and Software Technology (IST) for evaluation.